"I understood very quickly the theory of how to make film work for you. Nothing exists outside of that box. What's in that box is what counts. Everything else can fall away and it doesn't matter. You create your own world."
About This Interview
Robert Justman (1926-2008) was interviewed for four hours plus (in two sessions) in Los Angeles, CA. Justman talked about breaking into the entertainment industry as a production assistant in low budget feature films, and discussed his entrance into television as a second assistant director on the series The Adventures of Superman. Justman described his continued work in television where he moved up to first assistant director and unit production manager on such series as The Outer Limits. He discussed in great detail his work as an associate producer on the classic science fiction series Star Trek and its later incarnation Star Trek: The Next Generation (for which he served as the supervising producer in its first season). For Star Trek he discussed working with creator Gene Roddenberry, talked about the cast members, and described memorable episodes. B-roll consisted of an extensive collection of memos, letters, budgets, and cast lists from the series Star Trek, Then Came Bronson, and Star Trek: The Next Generation, preserved in scanned files by the Archive as the "Robert Justman Collection." Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview on June 17 and 18, 2003.